We Want You Here

By Laura Greenstein | Sep. 24, 2018


Sometimes life can feel like a burden. It can feel like each day is a challenge. As if making it to your bed at the end of the day is like reaching the finish line of a long race. It can feel as if each interaction is a struggle. As if you only have a limited amount of oxygen, and each word you speak is a drain on your supply. 

For those of you who have ever thought about suicide, you know this feeling all too well.

But you should know that you are so strong

You’re strong for still being here even when your thoughts tell you that being alive isn’t worth the pain. You are strong for carrying the weight of it all on your shoulders for so long. For carrying it by yourself even while thinking you were alone in the way you feel—even while believing that no one and nothing out there could take off some of the weight.

But you should know that you are not alone

We are a whole community of people who understand what you’re facing. And more than anything, we want to help you. You don’t have to go through this alone. We want you to ask us for help. We want to help you carry that heavy weight because we understand what it’s like to burden it alone. We may not know exactly what you’re facing, but we understand what it’s like to feel hopeless.

But you should know that there is hope

There are resources. There is help. There is support. There is time. Time that forces everything to change. You may not feel okay today, but that is okay. The awful way you feel is not permanent. You may feel like you can’t bear the pain any longer, you may feel like you don’t have it in you to reach out for help, but you are stronger than you know, and we believe in you.

And you should know that you are worth it

You are worthy. You are important. Your life is important. You deserve a place on this planet, and we deserve to have you with us. 

And you should know that you are an inspiration. 

You have faced more than many can fathom and yet here you stand. Your strength is a source of hope for those who feel the same as you do. Not only should you feel comfortable telling us about your darkest moments, but we want to hear it. 

And you should know there is no shame in your story.

To feel shame is, unfortunately, part of our experience. But it is not fair. It is not fair to yourself. Because the way you feel is not your fault. You should never blame yourself for your darkness. Your darkness if a part of your story, and we accept you. 

More than anything, you should know that we want you here


Laura Greenstein is communications manager at NAMI. 


If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
or text “NAMI” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.


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9/27/2018 7:49:07 AM

Mary Chee
I would love to interact with others who are battling depression or have family that is.
9/27/2018 1:29:13 AM

Deborah McConnel
My landlord is kicking me out because I have Bipolar I. I'm 55 and had it all my life. I have never had a violent or psychotic episode. She says she is afraid of me because I have bipolar and wants me out of the house. Can people just do that. Major discrimination.
9/25/2018 9:08:31 PM

Cyndi Arnett
Thank you for creating this blog. As a therapist, I support and encourage more discussion on the subject of suicide.
9/24/2018 8:16:31 PM

Lizanne Corbit
Thank you for putting this message out there. We all need to raise our voices, on whatever platform we have. Collectively we can help others to know they are never alone, they are always seen and heard, and there are always others here to listen and support. You are here, I am here. We are all in this together.
9/24/2018 6:36:57 PM